Barcelona recently approached Sergi Roberto with a one-year extension, but a massive salary reduction means it is impossible for the player to accept the deal.
Journalist Adria Albets has reported that contrary to recent claims, Barcelona’s offer is a fixed one-year deal. It has no clause of extending it to another year. Furthermore, on an economic level, Barcelona have indeed improved the numbers but they are still on the lower side of Roberto’s liking.
Barcelona proposed their side of the deal in the early hours of Thursday, April 21. In a meeting between the club’s director of football, Mateu Alemany, and Sergi Roberto’s agents Josep Maria Orobitg and Oscar Tena, it was established that the deal would be no longer than a year.
Barcelona’s approach of a year-long extension comes on the back of Xavi’s personal liking. If not for the manager, those sitting in the offices wouldn’t have made an offer in the first place.
Xavi believes the 30-year-old could be a utilitarian asset since he can occupy several positions on the field. Furthermore, on a personal level, even the player wants to continue but certainly not at a price that the team is offering.
At 30 years of age, he sure has a lot left in his tank and even has several teams waiting for him to give the green light. As things stand, however, he prefers to play the waiting game and see how Barcelona react towards the end.
If the team continues to hold on to their current offer, Roberto’s tenure will finally end at the end of the season when his contract runs out in June. If there’s a revision in salary, things might take a turn for the good.